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  7. Cube House / Suzana Glogowski + Studio MK27 - Marcio Kogan

Cube House / Suzana Glogowski + Studio MK27 - Marcio Kogan

  • 01:00 - 19 August, 2013
Cube House / Suzana Glogowski + Studio MK27 - Marcio Kogan
Cube House / Suzana Glogowski + Studio MK27 - Marcio Kogan, © Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

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  • Architects

  • Location

    São Paulo, Brazil
  • Architect in Charge

    Marcio Kogan
  • Collaborators

    Maria Cristina Motta, Mariana Simas
  • Project Team

    Carolina Castroviejo, Eduardo Glycerio, Gabriel Kogan, Lair Reis, Oswaldo Pessano, Renata Furlanetto, Samanta Cafardo
  • Area

    540.0 m2
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

  • Interior Designer

    Diana Radomysler
  • Technical Drawings

    Anna Hellena Villela, Henrique Bustamante
  • Landscape Designer

    Isabel Duprat
  • Structural Engineering

    Gilberto Pinto Rodrigues
  • Construction Manager

    SC Consult - Eng. Sérgio Costa
  • Contractor

    Fairbanks & Pilnick - Jacques Pilnick, Fabio Nascimento, Pryscilla Figueiredo
  • Site Area

    900 sqm
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© Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

An urban house resting like a monolith over the garden; a single cubic volume housing every function and opening and closing to the outside. Each design has small, very simple rules that give the structure its form. The rule here was to inhabit this pure volume, building openings wherever necessary and considering climate conditions.


The common area is therefore an open space, like a rip in a concrete box, totally integrated with the garden. The cube-box is rebuilt on this floor using metallic panels - made of perforated sheets – that can be opened all the way. When closed, this system gives the room privacy and shade. When open, indoor space becomes an extension of outdoor space.

© Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

The other top two floors are held in a concrete box, where the project's rules, the perforations in the cube, are continued: there are open windows in the bedrooms, television room and office, providing ventilation. Nevertheless, the cube's materiality remains clearly identifiable.

© Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

On openings in the bedrooms, the same metallic paneling works to filter the light. A second layer for closing is made of sliding glass panels. This entire system of metal and glass panels is completely embedded in the walls, giving the homeowners total control of lighting and ventilation. The last floor houses not only part of the home's infrastructure, but also a small outdoor living area on a garden terrace, with a view to the surrounding area.

© Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Like its simple volumes, Casa Cubo uses few architectural materials. The façades are comprised of rough concrete – shaped using a handcrafted wooden mold – and the metallic panels – whose color is reminiscent of the concrete itself. The inside is structured by a specially designed ceramic tile floor that forms a continuous fabric in the common area.

© Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Casa Cubo at night becomes a lantern. The internal space is seen on the façade: the dense volume of concrete is muted, giving way to volumes of internal light, as if they were extruded from the cube itself. A monolithic volume that, in its empty interior, contains other volumes.

Ground Floor Plan
Ground Floor Plan

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Suzana Glogowski
Studio MK27 - Marcio Kogan
Cite: "Cube House / Suzana Glogowski + Studio MK27 - Marcio Kogan" 19 Aug 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
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